A Site for Photographers by Photographers

Community > Forums > Film and Processing > Processing - commercial labs > Seeking a good commercial lab...

Featured Equipment Deals

Photokina 2014 Notable Product Releases Read More

Photokina 2014 Notable Product Releases

It's at Photokina that photo industry manufacturers make some of their biggest announcements. Here is our list of the top 10 product releases that stood out to us following the trade show this year.

Latest Equipment Articles

The Week in Photography News Read More

The Week in Photography News

March 28 - April 3, 2015: Hear the latest goings-on in the photography world, from product releases to event and campaign announcements and more.

Latest Learning Articles

Manual Mode Photography Read More

Manual Mode Photography

Your DSLR can take outstanding photos on its own in auto mode, so why would you want to switch to manual? This video tutorial will explain the reasons why as a photographer you might want full manual...


Seeking a good commercial lab in the Detroit, Michigan area

Amanda Wettergren , Dec 06, 2006; 11:29 a.m.

Hello all!

This is my first post to this community. I was led here after a Google search on "Meteor Photo" took me to a discussion on local Detroit area labs that occurred back in 2000.

I would like to pose this question as well, and, seeing as it has been 6 years, perhaps someone would be willing to answer?

I have been sort of "out of it" in terms of photography for about 5 years now. I used to use Meteor Photo, but they weren't everything I was hoping for in a lab....I think they are still around, but not sure.

I am seeking a lab (or labs) near to the Detroit area that will print color, B & W and digital prints for me in a professional manner. Can anyone offer any suggestions?

In the posting from 2000, there were several suggestions that sounded great:

Detroit Imaging Group and Tri-Color to name 2

does anyone know if these are still around?

I appreciate any help that anyone can offer!

Thank you in advance! ~Amanda D. Wettergren

Responses

Doug Grosjean , Dec 06, 2006; 12:53 p.m.

Amanda,

What kind of film?

I shoot medium-format, and I've had decent results from Adray's Camera in Dearborn. Also from Master Photofinishing on Telegraph in Dearborn, near Ford Rd.

I rarely have stuff processed at either place though, as I live in Ohio (my g/f lives in Dearborn) and usually just soup my own b/w negs and then scan them, and have the best ones printed. But in Ohio, Toledo area, check out Castle Photo in Maumee. They also do slides. Farther south, in Bowling Green, Ohio; try Studio 157 - it's on the main north-south road through town.

Doug Grosjean

Randall Pukalo , Dec 06, 2006; 08:21 p.m.

Tri Color is still around, on 14 mile road near Coolidge, I believe. Same for Meteor Photo. I have used neither. Also, Woodward Camera in Birmingham still does 2 hour slide film developing. Plus, they print color 35 and Med format. Not sure about BW. I have used them for slides, they did a great job. However, for color neg (35mm) and digital prints, I recommend Costco on 13 mile near John R. Great results, and great prices. They print up to 12x18.

Stefan Peterson , Dec 07, 2006; 08:26 a.m.

I used to use Foto1 in Ann Arbor, 4 years ago when I lived in MI. They were pretty good for consumer and commercial printing when I started going there in the 1990s, but then they really started to suck (at least on the consumer end) in the early 2000s, in my opinion. They've moved and changed since I left the area, so maybe they've gotten better again.

Amanda Wettergren , Dec 11, 2006; 02:30 p.m.

Thank you to all who have responded with your helpful answers, I appreciate it!

Randall...do you know if Costco uses archival papers?

Thank you! ~Amanda

Back to top

Notify me of Responses